What up world? This EJ and you know what this is: it’s The Blog About Nothing. Get familiar, if you haven’t already. Listening to the homie Young Thug, and just like Thugger Thugger I can’t see ’em. Nope. Don’t see it. So let me do what I do and tell y’all what I’m on this week: The World Cup Final, why I want to but just can’t hate LeBron James, the New York Yankees pitching rotation, and finally another athlete that I can’t help but root for. Let’s do this!
The World Cup Final is this Sunday, and we’ll see Germany versus Argentina. The Germans got to the Final after just destroying Brazil. The Germans took Brazil’s soul like Shang Tsung stole souls in Mortal Kombat. Fatality. Finish Him!! That’s the ass whupping the Germans put on Brazil in their 7-1 victory that could have been much worse if the Germans didn’t take their foot off the Brazilians neck in the second half. One of the goal scorers, striker Miroslav Klose, goes down in the record book as the leading scorer in World Cup history with 16 goals. The 36 year old is participating in his 4th and likely his final World Cup. The Germans, winners of three World Cups, are about to go for their fourth trophy in 8 final appearances. Die Mannschaft, once again have beaten their opponents soundly in their typical manner of a little flash but all technical and rigid way.
If you read my World Cup Predictions blog, you would know that I picked Argentina to win the World Cup. So, I sat through Wednesday’s bore of a match against the Netherlands not exhaling until the last penalty kick was converted. The game ended 0-0, and Argentina prevailed in penalties, but both teams seemed afraid and unwilling to seize the moment. That’s why I call the match a bore. Neither team wanted to attack each other’s goal until it was far too late. That kind of play doesn’t inspire me to believe that the Argentinians will win their third World Cup, but I have to stick with my pick. Argentina! Argentina! Argentina on Sunday!
Well, while I’ll be watching the World Cup on television, LeBron James will be in Rio at the Maracana to watch the Final in person. LeBron is a person of much interest right now, as it is NBA free agency season and the King has yet to decide if he will return to the Miami Heat or go back to the Cleveland Cavaliers. LeBron’s indecision is holding up the free agency process since it appears that Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, and a few others are waiting for LeBron to make his move before they make theirs. LeBron’s indecision is leading to some to want to give him a hard time, but after much thought I’m going to give him his praise. I’ve long thought that LeBron was one of the smartest athletes to walk the planet and this process has proven it. He’s surrounded himself with people he can trust, and they clearly are very loyal to their man. No one knows what LeBron is going to do. All this speculation on ESPN, on Twitter, from analysts like Chris Sheridan, is just that: speculation. These “sources” could be anyone but it’s apparent that it isn’t LeBron’s agent, his family, his marketing team or LeBron himself.
Unlike the Decision of four years ago, he’s gone through this process with complete radio silence. He’s not hiding from the public. We all know his every move, but there hasn’t been a peep from him, or a leak from his ship. Any frustration towards LeBron, should be pointed towards the media and not at the man himself. Look at ESPN. They literally have every basketball person on their payroll dissecting LeBron, and to a lesser extent Carmelo, to the point of exhaustion. LeBron’s website crashes at the mere hint of a decision, and I’m sure I’m not the only person constantly refreshing their Twitter feed. Fans may be frustrated, and I’m at the point of not caring where he decides to play, but I went from wanting to trash him for all of this 12 hours ago, to now giving him complete praise for controlling the process, keeping himself at the forefront of the sports world during a busy news cycle, and all without saying a word. Kudos LeBron. Kudos.
If I have and loyal readers of this blog, you would know that I used to consider myself a baseball fan. While I still do keep up with the game, my passion for it clearly has waned the older I’ve gotten. I’m definitely into soccer, basketball, and football far more than I am into baseball but I do have an eye on the standings and what goes on in Major League Baseball. One thing that definitely caught my eye is the complete destruction of the New York Yankees pitching staff. Masahiro Tanaka, the man who was arguably the New York Yankees ace this season has gone on the disabled list with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament. When Tanaka came to the States from Japan, I did question how effective he would be long term due to the fact that the Japanese do throw a lot more pitches than American pitchers but I didn’t expect him to get hurt this soon. He’s out 6 weeks, but it wouldn’t be surprising if he undergoes Tommy John surgery which would likely put him out for the rest of this season, and possibly next season as well.
Tanaka is the fourth Yankees pitcher to go down with injury. Out of their opening day starting rotation only Hiroki Kuroda has escaped injury. Ivan Nova and CC Sabathia are likely out for the season and Michael Pineda, he of pine tar infamy, should be back in August. Not a moment too soon for a Yankees team that is treading water in a middling American League East. The Yankees at 46-45 are only 4 games behind 1st place Baltimore, and only a game behind 2nd place Toronto. Even with a destroyed rotation, and some disappointing hitting by some big names, they are still hanging on. As the MLB trade deadline approaches, we’ll have to keep an eye on General Manager Brian Cashman to see if he’ll make the necessary moves to get the Yankees back into the postseason in what is captain Derek Jeter’s final season.
Jeter is a New York icon, and a man I am hoping will join him one day is Josh Ho-Sang who was drafted by the New York Islanders recently in the first round of the NHL Draft. Ho-Sang came into the draft process as a player that was lauded by scouts for having all the tools of a #1 pick but dropped to the bottom of the first round because of “attitude” issues. Ho-Sang is confident, which in some athletes can be admirable, but apparently in his case he comes off as cocky, brash, and arrogant. Why? To hear him tell it, it’s because he’s black (his father is of Jamaican Chinese descent and his mother is Jewish). In an interview given to the Toronto Sun before the draft In the interview he comes off as someone who’s independent, challenging, and someone who clearly relishes individual skill over team play. Funny thing is a lot of those traits that he was being knocked for are the same traits that someone like Brett Favre possesed when he played. So, you do have to question why the same traits seem to be widely accepted in white athletes, seem to be so problematic with black athletes?
With that said, I don’t know if him playing the race card is going to endear him to the media, or to a segment of hockey fans, but I’m rooting for him. I’ve never been to a hockey game but with the Islanders moving to Brooklyn for the 2015-2016 season, and if this kid makes the roster I’ll go. I’ll root for him. I might even buy his jersey.
That’s it. I’m done. Thanks for reading. Thanks for supporting www.7poundbag.com and peace.
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